By 90Min
October 12, 2017

Renato Sanches has been ruled out of Swansea's Premier League encounter with Huddersfield Town after picking up a knock on international duty.

Swansea boss Paul Clement revealed - via the club's site - that the on-loan midfielder was almost certain to be unavailable for selection after he sustained a slight thigh problem with Portugal's Under-21 team in midweek.

The 45-year-old did have better news concerning Wilfried Bony though after the striker returned to full first-team training after he was forced off in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham with a hamstring strain.

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Clement said: “Renato is a big doubt for the weekend after picking up a minor thigh strain while he was training with Portugal. It looks like it will rule him out of this game, although we are not 100 per cent sure yet.

“It’s disappointing because he has improved with each game he has played, but if he misses this weekend, it’s highly probable that he will be back next week.

“We are monitoring Wilfried closely. He rejoined training today. I haven’t spoken to him since the end of the session but we will assess him, then we’ll do the same again tomorrow.

“We will see how he is. I would say he is 50-50 for a start on Saturday as things stand.”

Clement also provided an update on Nathan Dyer's rehabilitation programme with the winger now into his eighth month of recovering from an achilles tendon injury.

The 29-year-old winger completed a 57-minute run out for the club's Under-23s on 22nd September but is yet to feature for any team since. Clement, though, revealed that he would let Dyer take his time and slowly get fitter rather than cause a huge setback in his recovery.

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The ex-Bayern Munich assistant added: “It’s been a long road back for Nathan but he is available for selection now. It would be difficult to play 90 minutes at the moment – it’s step by step.

“But he will bring us another dynamic. He is still quick, he can run with the ball and he can beat players. He is going to be an important part of the group going forward.”

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